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    Looking for a new hardtail...

    I'm looking for a new 29" hardtail.

    Here are the base requirements:
    -aluminum frame
    -front suspension
    -hydraulic disks
    -1x drivetain
    -not a fatbike

    I'm going to use it for light trail riding...nothing extreme.

    What is the best bang for the buck out there? Im looking to spend around 2K.

    Thanks

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    Fezzari Wasatch Peak. The bike legit shreds and is priced in your range.

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    Salsa Timberjack 29

    SLX level is pretty decent for the price. I love mine have ridden it both geared up and as a singlespeed as well as on all day epic rides. It handles most terrain very well, sometimes I prefer it over my FS!

    Great rig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeT442 View Post
    Salsa Timberjack 29

    SLX level is pretty decent for the price. I love mine have ridden it both geared up and as a singlespeed as well as on all day epic rides. It handles most terrain very well, sometimes I prefer it over my FS!

    Great rig!

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    I looked at that. I have a 2015 Spearfish I really like.

    Is the NX Eagle worth $400.00 more than the SLX?

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    I would say that depends on you. I don't use my granny gear a ton, despite a lot of climbing here around Salt Lake City and Park City so the extra gears aren't a necessity for me. Beside that, I'm a Shimano guy... Ultimately, as far as quality is concerned I think they are comparable.

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    The Giant Fathom is worth a look.

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    Why aluminum? I'd recommend steel tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    Why aluminum? I'd recommend steel tbh.
    Go on...

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    I've got a Chameleon, Medium, 2018 frame with about a $3300 build on it I am considering selling. It's a very clean rig man. Let me know if it fits the boat. I could probably work within your budget. The bike rips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyena74 View Post
    Go on...
    There is the Honzo ST, Ragley Big Wig, Surly Karate Monkey that I can think off the top of my head that are steel frames around that price range.
    Ragley Big Wig, Sunday Soundwave (BMX), 91 Schwinn High Plain (single speed "gravel" bike), Nashbar CXSS (workout)

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    Giant Fathom is worth a look. If you have a bigger budget, Nukeproof Scout 290?

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    I'm a steel guy because of ride quality, but if you're interested in running 2.6" tires I think Al would be fine. Looks like RSD has an Al version of their Middlechild coming soon- https://rsdbikes.com/portfolio/middlechild-aluminum/
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    Short travel, Honzo ST. Long travel, Chromag whatever. Jenson has good deals on Chromag right now.

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    Some more options:

    2020 Rocky Mountain Growler
    Nukeproof Scout 290
    NS Bikes Eccentric
    Commencal Meta HT
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    https://www.bikemag.com/gear/mountai...owler-50-1900/

    +1 on the 2020 RM Growler, worth a look
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    I very, very happy with the Specialized Chisel Comp X1 29"er I picked up last Feb.

    Reasonably light at just over 26 lbs., 4" travel fork, SLX 1X group with a Spec. crank. I added 2.4 Nobby Nic tubeless and I can see I could go to 2.6 or so if needed.

    Has great geometry which makes it a terrific climbing bike. The frame is not overly stiff, Specialized did a good job on the tubing choices and design.

    Great bike for $1650 and if I wanted to make it lighter I could do so with a better fork and wheels and not feel like I'm breaking the bank

    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/me...=239084-157839

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